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Being Asian American

What does being Asian mean to you? What about being American? How do those two identities relate to each other? What is the impact of having your ethnicity lumped into a monolith like Asian American?

Being Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) is an experience that can be hard to define given the more than 19 origin groups that make up people of Asian descent. Dimensions like gender, class, sexuality, generation, and immigration status also play roles in shaping our experience and how we are perceived and treated.
The U.S. has a long history of anti-Asian rhetoric and racism that includes major exclusionary policies and wars and occupations in and conflicts with Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, China, and Japan. During the pandemic, there has been an increase in reports of anti-Asian violence and discrimination with a majority of incidents being reported by women. Many attribute the rise in violence and discrimination to linking the Coronavirus with China and people of Chinese descent. As we work through what can be a painful, paralyzing, and uncertain time, it can be helpful to hold space to reflect on what we have experienced, to verbalize the questions we think are important to be asking, and to share our concerns and hopes for the AAPI community.

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